He fans. He was always wonderful to me and any of the fan club members that I brought to a game.

As 7 year old, I thrilled to the site of my Mets winning the World Series. fans. Grote was a perfect Met for the '69 and '73 teams: very good defense, didn't hit a lot but a solid .250 with some timely hits was what he delivered.I can still taste those 75 cent hot dogs we ate at Shea, washed down with cold RC Cola served with the saran plastic over the top, and a Gulden's packet of mustard courtesy of Harry M. Stevens. He called a great game, and I'm sure opposing teams strategized around his ability to pounce on bunts and throw out would-be stealers.Thanks for the great memories, Jerry! Pitching and defense. I remember Jerry's lone homer of 1973.

I couldn't at first hear what Grote was saying to him, but my cousin's face was white and frozen with fear. Jerry Grote was a huge part of the reason they won. but one very important part of his game has been missed: With two strikes on a batter, Grote would try to catch the ball in the thinly padded, strip of lether covering the palm of his hand. About that seven-RBI game in 1981 -- I brought that up to Jerry as I chatted briefly with him at a '69 Mets reunion card show years ago. December 9, 2006 percentages each year and appeared in more post-season In 1969, I was living in Glen Oaks in Queens, NY, and hadn't realized I was living next door to Jerry Grote until I accidentally threw a baseball through his bathroom window while having a catch with my brother in the back of the garden apartment complex. Jamey Bumbalo I haven't seen another catcher in the past 30 years who worked as hard as Grote did defensivly.

It was those hitters that Jerry wanted to get hits early in the game. That is what they were known for. He said, "Is this yours?" He was so gritty and played the game like it should be played. October 19, 2007 But I remember some of the Mets pitchers thought that he didn't call pitches as well as Duffy Dyer. Still remember watching this, I was in the loge section behind 3rd base that night. You don't see too many catchers like him in the Bigs nowadays. Umipre who got pegged with a fastball in the chest: Bruce Froemming (the same Bruce Froemming who is retiring this year). Growing up in N.Y. Rich Kissel (Those were the days!) Eddie July 21, 2005 I was amazed to see how many runners could take advantage of Ron Hodges' and Junior Ortiz's throwing arms.I had a similar realization with the Yankees when Thurman Munson died. Shows you just how good Grote was. Had he done so, he might not be struggling for baseball work at this point in his life. Umipre who got pegged with a fastball in the chest: Bruce Froemming (the same Bruce Froemming who is retiring this year). July 23, 2011 December 9, 2006 August 18, 2011 You do know that he's resurfaced as Joe Girardi!In 81, came out of retirement and had a 7 rbi game as a KC Royal! June 13, 2008 I remember he had a short fuse, but he was nice enough to sign for us kids. Jerry Grote went into the game for the Dodgers in the 7th inning and Tom Seaver exclaimed in front of a National audience that Grote was the "best catcher I ever threw to and that includes Mr Bench!" Jerry may have lacked the offensive punch of a Bench or Carter, but man did he call a great game! not one of them.Jerry also had a nasty attitude towards people. The heart and soul of the Met teams of the early 70's. When I first got into watching the Mets I was a 6 year old kid in 1969 who didn't know squat so I learned about baseball from Bob, Ralph and Lindsey "Horse-blanket" Nelson. that he came to the ballpark to win games and not to September 6, 2008 In 1969, I was living in Glen Oaks in Queens, NY, and hadn't realized I was living next door to Jerry Grote until I accidentally threw a baseball through his bathroom window while having a catch with my brother in the back of the garden apartment complex. Pretty amazing.

(Seaver had pitched for the Reds for a year and a half at this point.)

September 6, 2008 (Seaver had pitched for the Reds for a year and a half at this point.) He Oh my goodness, I almost forgot to add the final chapter to the funny story about Jerry Grote and his respectful cows. I had never seen a ball travel that far. November 15, 2005 It was tough for him to try and sign autographs after a game. July 23, 2003 In 1969, I was living in Glen Oaks in Queens, NY, and hadn't realized I was living next door to Jerry Grote until I accidentally threw a baseball through his bathroom window while having a catch with my brother in the back of the garden apartment complex. I'm no expert, but I remember learning from watching Grote that catchers, when chasing foul pops that were directly overhead, that he never threw away his mask until he was ready to make a 2-hand catch. that he came to the ballpark to win games and not to So after the game my job was consisting to clean all the players and coaches spikes. I immediately knew it was Grote and walked up to him and introduced myself through the protective screening. Diamond Dave

I immediately knew it was Grote and walked up to him and introduced myself through the protective screening.
Mets down by a run, 2 out bottom of the 9th, Skip Lockwood scheduled up. Jerry was pitching. Grote can be classified as a typical Met - all defense As we kids were begging for an autograph, Jerry looked at the bunch of us and said, "Can't you see I'm talking.

Obviously he never met Jerry Grote." Steve C John Molnar

July 23, 2003 I was short and skinny as a kid, but had to be catcher on my CYO baseball teams because my favorite player was Jerry Grote. Froemming was knocked down and Grote stood over him. Jonathan Stern March 30, 2008 Seaver, Garrett, Gentry, and especially Ryan. I think Harry Parker was the pitcher. I remember seeing Grote balling out his pitchers for something they did, them seeing the pitcher come back and really kick butt. Now, '73 was a miracle. I was in Montreal in April of 1974 getting autographs from the Mets in their hotel lobby. Jerry hit a ball over the center field fence that ended up in the far end of the parking lot and bounced around a few cars. He did a Gulden's Mustard commercial in the the late 60's or early 70's. I remember his Gulden's Mustard radio promo's like it was yesterday! He was always wonderful to me and any of the fan club members that I brought to a game.
I think her name was Sharon. Don mike viehl Jerry was pitching. May 19, 2003 Seaver always thought Grote was the best catcher he ever saw (and he was teamed with Bench and Fisk later in his career). I don't recall anyone stealing a base on Jerry. The paper I was writing for at the time had sent me to do some interviewing for spring training coverage, and I was just kinda wandering around the field on the third base side taking it all in during pregame warmups when I noticed a guy with gray hair in an obnoxiously bright orange shirt (road construction sign orange) sitting in the stands directly behind home plate in the front row. He was extremely rude and brusque. that he came to the ballpark to win games and not to Good old dependable Jerry Grote. I couldn't at first hear what Grote was saying to him, but my cousin's face was white and frozen with fear. I don’t understand it. August 18, 2011 October 28, 2007

As I look back, I wished I had been able to have a catch with him, though he was tied up at the moment, especially having to fix his window. He was so gritty and played the game like it should be played. Besides his excellent defensive skills Grote was also a very hard-nosed player who didn't take guff from anyone. His defense just awed me, especially the way he followed the runner up the first base line, and always seemed to be stride for stride with them! He hated losing. Not only was he a great catcher, he was a commercial actor too!


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